- The Benefits of Walking a Round of Golf
- How To Carry a Golf Bag
- What to Look for When Choosing a Lightweight Golf Bag
- A Comparison & Review of the Top 5 Lightest Golf Bags
To do this, you want to make sure you have one of the top lightest golf bags available. Then you can enjoy the true pleasure of walking a round of golf.
Callaway Golf Hyper Lite
The top-rated and lightest golf bag for 2020
At just 2.5lbs the Hyper-Lite from Callaway is our editors choice for those looking for a lightweight, yet sturdy golf bag that offers both a double and single stap option.
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The Benefits of Walking a Round of Golf
Obviously, exercise is a big advantage. You are outside in nature and doing what you love. It hardly feels like exercise.
The other advantage is you really get to see the course up close and personal. You will notice the subtle features and nuances that you might otherwise miss.
Zipping from shot to shot means you not only miss the beauty but also the finer points of the course. These insights will be valuable next time you play the course.
You can also save money as the cost of carts and caddies adds up over time.
A big part of walking golf that appeals to me is that it is much more social. You get to know your fellow players much better and too many, that is an important aspect of the game.
That being said, you do not want to be exhausted and sore when you have finished your round. To prevent that you need a quality bag that is lightweight and comfortable. There are a few other considerations which I will get to shortly.
Given the huge range of lightweight golf bags available, we have done some intense research in order to bring you the best lightest golf bags available right now. We will give you ideas on what to look for and then the details on the ones we found that stood out from the rest.
How To Carry a Golf Bag
Many golfers are unsure of the correct way to carry a golf bag. While there are many that still prefer to use a single strap, there are many benefits to using a dual strap system.
It will distribute the weight evenly and take the strain off just one shoulder. It is important that it is adjusted correctly and that it fits snugly. You also want it to be well balanced.
For years I stubbornly stuck to a single strap but was pleasantly surprised and much more comfortable when I moved to a good double strap bag.
This video gives a great demonstration of the easiest way to carry your bag:
What to Look for When Choosing a Lightweight Golf Bag
Getting the wrong bag will make your walk around the course uncomfortable, unpleasant and frustrating. It will leave you sore and tired. There are a few important aspects to consider before you make your decision. Here is what to look for:
This one is pretty obvious but if you are going to carry the bag for 18 holes you want it to be as light as possible. The clubs, balls, and other equipment will account for most of the weight but you don’t want the bag to add to that. One or two lbs. is not going to make a big difference but anything under 5 lbs. is good.
There is no point in getting a light bag only for it to fall apart after a few rounds. Both Nylon and quality polyester are light options that are tough and durable. Also, look at the quality of the stand, carbon fiber is a good option. The straps take a lot of strain so need to be comfortable and strong. Also check the quality of zips, pouches, and handles.
Always ensure there are sufficient pockets for everything you need to carry with you. It is important to have a good protective pouch for valuables and a convenient place to keep your beverage cool. The ball pouch is also important. Many can be personalized which appeals to some golfers.
You want your clubs to be protected, not rattle around and easy to remove or replace. Look at the design and quality of the dividers and determine if they are full length or not. There are normally between 3 and 5 dividers.
This is one of the most important aspects to look for when choosing whcih to purchase. Some people like the dual strap while others are happy with a single strap. Comfort is the main things to consider so they should be well padded and generously sized.
It is essential that they are both durable and well attached, and they need to keep the bag stable on your back and not slip around as you walk. A hip pad often comes in handy.
There is no doubt that golf can be an expensive game. There is a lot of equipment and accessories to buy and every time you want to play there will be costs involved. Spending extra on one thing means making sacrifices elsewhere.
There is no need to spend a fortune on a lightweight golf bag but avoid the really cheap ones as you will probably find it uncomfortable and are likely to need to replace it before too long.
How We Decided on The Top 5 Lightweight Golf Bags
We have taken all of these factors into consideration when making our recommendations. We looked at the quality of the bag and the reputation of the company, the comfort, strap design, storage, stand quality, dividers, and price.
A Comparison & Review of the Top 5 Lightest Golf Bags
|#1||2.5 lbs||4.6 /5|
|#2||4.3 lbs||4.4 /5|
|#3||2.8 lbs||4.3 /5|
|#4||4.5 lbs||4.3 /5|
|#5||4.5 lbs||4.0 /5|
1. Callaway Golf Hyper Lite Zero Stand Bag
As with many of the brands we will feature in our review of the top lightest golf bags, Callaway needs no introduction. They are well known and respected for quality golf equipment.
They have been around for many years and made their name with their legendary irons and drivers but the rest of their equipment lives up to the same fantastic standards.
The Callaway Golf 2018 Hyper Lite Zero Stand Bag is, as the name suggests, extremely light. It weighs in at only at 2.5 lbs. and is the lightest stand bag Callaway offer. It is perfect for the golfer that wants to walk his or her round.
The goal Callaway had in mind was to create the lightest product possible without any sacrifice to the strength or functionality. Most will agree that they did a pretty good job in that regard.
It is well made from quality lightweight nylon and is extremely durable. Zips are quality YKK zips to give the multiple pockets good protection. It features a dedicated cell phone compartment to keep that safe. The legs are carbon fiber, tuck in well and work effectively.
It features a top that is divided four ways for easy organization and has two dividers that are full length. There are 4 easily accessible and well-designed pockets so there is ample space for all your accessories and other items you need to carry with you.
The dual strap is comfortable for those that prefer carrying the bag on their back for when walking after a decent drive. You can choose a regular single strap if you prefer. For short moves, it has a handy top handle. It comes standard with a rain hood and has a one year warranty.
2. TaylorMade Flextech Lite Stand Bag
Another famous brand that is well loved by many golfers is TaylorMade.
Apart from their exceptional drivers, irons and other clubs, they also make some outstanding golf bags. In this category of ultra-light carry bags, the Flextech Lite Stand Bag is their best offering.
This product is slightly heavier than our first 2 recommendations but is still light enough for a walk around a golf course at only 4.3 lbs.
One of the main features of this bag is the Flextech Stand System, something TaylorMade golf bags have become well known for. It works by means of a cleverly designed base that is collapsible that allows the bag to sit well while giving smooth and easy access to your clubs.
It really is an impressive design concept. Clubs do not get stuck together and glide out easily allowing you to play your next shot without distraction.
The 4-way full-length dividers on top ensure clubs are protected, organized and easy to get to.
It is well designed with a generous 8 pockets for the various items you will need to carry with you.
The straps are well crafted and comfortable. They are made from two materials and dual density foam. Having tried a number of carry bags myself, I found this to be one of the more stable and comfortable.
Taylor Made has included a hip pad that is ergonomically designed to take the bumps and bangs of your hip as you make your way along the course. Apart from the well-designed straps, there is also a top handle as well as a trunk handle for quick movement.
There is a micro-suede valuables pocket that is water resistant, an easy access beverage pocket that is well insulated to keep drinks cool and a full-length garment pocket. The ball pocket zips off and can accommodate custom embroidery if you wish.
There is also a pen sleeve, a tee pocket, a carabineer clip for your towel, an umbrella sleeve and a handy Velcro glove connection. In total, there are 9 pockets. It also has a decent rain hood.
3. Sun Mountain Golf 2018 2.5+ Stand Bag
The Sun Mountain brand might not be that well known to all golfers but they make a wide range of top quality golf apparel and accessories. It is their exceptional golf bags they are most famous for.
The 2.5+ Stand Bag comes in at a highly respectable 2.8 lbs. so is only marginally heavier than the Callaway Hyper-Lite Zero.
It also has strong and sturdy carbon fiber legs that won’t let the bag fall around or get in you as you carry the bag. It has a top handle when moving short distances.
The straps are designed for comfort while carrying your bag and are made from contoured high-density foam. They are designed in an X style and are easy to slip on and off. It also functions perfectly well as a single strap for those that do not enjoy the backpack style.
Despite the light and compact design, it has plenty of storage space including a drinks pouch and a large ball pocket with a quality zip. The pouches and pockets are all in a denier fabric which durable and attractive.
For your valuables, there is a velour-lined secure pocket. There is also a pen holder as well as a rain hood. There are 5 pockets in total.
Organization is often challenging with compact carry bags but the 2.5 bag is well designed with a 4-way top divider that includes 4 full-length slots.
Sun Mountain found a great compromise between keeping the bag ultra-light while still extremely functional and good looking.
You have a choice of 8 color designs so there is something to suit everyone’s tastes.
They have also kept the quality good so the bag is durable and should last you many years of golfing. All the materials, parts, zips, legs and handles are made from quality lightweight materials so they have not compromised on quality.
Sun Mountain has upgraded and improved on the earlier version, the 2Five. That was also a great bag that was a popular choice but they have made improvements and added to it where necessary. They listened to feedback from golfers and made changes where necessary to make this version even better.
4. Izzo Lite Stand Golf Bag
Izzo is another name that might not be that well known to many golfers but they were one of the pioneers of the dual strap system that is now common to most light golf bags.
They specialize in golf bags and related accessories so put their focus into designing and creating top-quality bags.
Despite a tough and durable nylon construction, these bags weigh only 4.5 lbs. They have a modern attractive design and are available in blue, green, red or black. They are neither too conservative nor too flashy.
Being one of the first to introduce the dual strap it is, as you would imagine, comfortable and easy to use. It is fully adjustable and keeps the bag stable with minimal strain on your back. It has a ball pocket with an easy access magnetic seal.
There is also a towel loop, Velcro glove connector, an insulated drinks cooler and a water-resistant velour-lined pocket for valuables. They offer free personalization on the ball pocket which is a nice touch.
The clubs are kept well organized and easy to remove with a 5 section divider.
Izzo claims to make “The World’s Finest Golf Bags” and while that is a bold statement they certainly give some of the big brands a good run for their money.
5. Cobra Golf 2018 Ultralight Stand Bag
Cobra has made some great bags over the years and their Ultralight Stand Bag is a popular choice for those that like to walk with their clubs.
It is well made from durable and lightweight 100% polyester. They managed to keep the weight down to a respectable 4.5lbs.
They paid a lot of attention the pads to ensure a comfortable carry. Cobra has used dual shoulder straps with generous padding and a hip pad for extra comfort.
They used COOLFLOW foam and most people are positive about the comfort and effectiveness. The straps have a quick release system if you want to remove them.
There are 7 pockets so there is plenty of space to carry your valuables and accessories. These include a large insulated beverage cooler and a ball pocket that can be personalized. The 5-section top is padded to protect your clubs, reduce the rattle as you walk and make them easy to slip in or out. The dividers run the full length of the bag.
It is a good looking bag that is well made, light and comfortable to use.
These are all great golf bags for a walking round of golf and depending on your taste, budget and requirements, there is something for everyone.
One bag, however, stands out as the clear winner — The Callaway Golf Hyper Lite Zero Stand Bag. I am not alone in my opinion and this bag has won awards in the past, for good reason.
It ticks all the boxes I mentioned in what to look for in a lightweight golf bag. At only 2.5 lbs. you cannot get much lighter yet it is perfectly functional and durable. Sure it is a bit pricey compared to some options but it will last many years of hassle-free and comfortable golfing.
The straps are sturdy and it sits snugly on your back. It will keep your clubs well protected, organized and easy to reach. It also has all the pocket space you could need. The stand is quality carbon fiber and works well. All around, this is a great light golf bag and a worthwhile investment.
With the right bag, you can enjoy a great round in the traditional and pleasurable fashion of walking the beautiful golf courses you play.